Netanyahu: ‘Intensity Will Be Stepped Up as Necessary’ in Dealing with Gaza

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The Israel Defense Forces are prepared and ready to deal with any threat that terrorists from Gaza might aim at Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday in a speech to graduating military officers at IDF Base #1.

Overnight and into the early hours of dawn on Wednesday, more than 45 rockets were fired from Gaza at Israeli civilians, causing damage to homes, vehicles and another kindergarten in southern Israeli communities. The Iron Dome anti-missile defense system intercepted seven of the rockets, indicating they would have hit populated centers, had they not been shot down. Other rockets landed in open areas in southern Israel.

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“I do not intend to go into detail about what we are planning vis-a-vis Gaza,” Netanyahu said. The intensity will be stepped up as necessary. We are prepared for any scenario and our enemies would do well to understand this – now.

“The iron fist of the IDF is powerfully striking whoever strives to attack us, and will continue to do so.”

IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot told the graduating officers in his address that the force would “continue to injure those who seek our evil and restore security to the residents of the south as with the rest of the country. I am convinced that we will achieve this with wisdom and determination, as soon as possible.”

On the Syrian front, Netanyahu said Israel is “constantly working to prevent Iranian forces and their proxies from establishing a military presence there.

“We will not allow those who call for our destruction to turn Syria into a base for aggression against Israel,” he said.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.